Judge John Hodgman Episode 140: Kitchen Loco Parentis

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Pablo brings the case against his wife, Diana. They allow their two-year-old daughter Mati to help out in the kitchen by mixing, pouring and preparing food -- but they can't agree on how much responsibility is TOO much.

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"KITCHEN LOCO PARENTIS" EVIDENCE

Submitted by Pablo

DOCKET EVIDENCE

Text of the poems Chris composed for his coffeehouse performance

The Right to Remain Silent

Silence is reclusive

Silence is challenging

Silence is contemplative

Silence is calming

Silence is thoughtful

Silence is reflective

Silence is clever

Silence is hilarious

Silence is beautiful

Silence is intellectual

Silence is who I love

The Judgment Not Wanted

Two litigants sitting on a bench of wood

A favorable judgment not to be had by both

Nervous to be sworn is as we stood

Make my case as best I could

Steering clear of legal undergrowth

Would the judgment be fair?

I surely thought I had the better claim

Would the judge see where

On this day my arguments were just not there

It is to bad the court and I did not feel the same

The prosecution a mighty case before the judge lay

The case against me laid out in white & black

Oh I was not to win the case this day

Knowing a judgment against me was on the way

I doubted if I should ever come back

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence

Two litigants sitting on a bench of wood, and I -

I lost the case and was sentenced by,

Judge John Hodgman who hoped to make a difference

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Comments

Australian butter knives

In Australia, we're much more careful with who we'll let handle even a plastic version of the lightly-serrated Colombian butter knife. Due to our strict laws we have prevented any serious accidents from children cutting overcooked broccoli. See image:

http://i.imgur.com/zO2U2Ux.jpg

When they're scanned at the register they come up with an age check prompt.

Knives for Babbies

I saw the same kids tools at

I saw the same kids tools at Wegman's and thought immediately of this episode.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/5onkkaqwmp26ods/IMG_20140111_133343.jpg